November 20th, 2007
09:42 AM ET
9 years ago

Wrestler Ric Flair supporting Mike Huckabee

Huckabee has picked up another endorsement from a celebrity strong man.

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - In the race for presidential endorsements, Mike Huckabee has the kitschy pop culture celebrity vote on lockdown.

First it was martial arts hero and "Walker, Texas Ranger" star Chuck Norris, who appears with Huckabee in his first TV ad.

Then hard-rocking hunting enthusiast Ted Nugent jumped on the Huckabee bandwagon, citing the Republican's support for second amendment rights.

Now, Huckabee is getting ready to rumble: wrestler Ric Flair, a.k.a. The Nature Boy, is supporting the former Arkansas governor in his bid for the White House.

CNN has learned the WWE wrestler is on board with Huckabee, and will co-host a campaign tailgate with the candidate at the South Carolina vs. Clemson football game on Saturday afternoon in Columbia, South Carolina. More details are forthcoming.

- CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby

Filed under: Iowa • Mike Huckabee • South Carolina
soundoff (187 Responses)
  1. Fletcher, NC

    Maybe the Nature Boy can teach the Huckster how to cut a promo.– Dennis Justice

    November 20, 2007 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  2. Richard, West Palm Beach, FL

    Their many exposures of sexual immorality by politicians would seem like the ultimate hypocrisy by Republicans, but it is not. They top that by their frequent complaints about celebrities engaging in politics. The Republican position seems to be that celebrites are all morons when they support Democrats, but they are gladly welcomed when they support Republicans. The party that constantly complains about Hollywood celebrities has incredibly hypocritically embraced Arnold Schwarzenneger, Ronald Reagan, Sonny Bono, Fred Thompson, etc.

    It seems only appropriate that the latest celebrity endorsements are for the hypocritical party that constantly berate celebrities.

    November 20, 2007 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  3. circus side show

    This is just embarrassing. I was considering Huckabee, but now I feel like I'm just not trailer-trashy enough to fit in.

    I will not vote for anyone who touts WWF endorsements.

    November 20, 2007 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  4. Soren Lawrenson, St. Joseph, MI

    Huckabee has the courage to stand up and say UFOs exist which takes integrity. Its time to declassify Roswell since this information should be owned by the world, not our black-ops governement branch who continues to discredit its own country. Too many people have stepped forward, its time to level with the world and begin to build faith in our government again. Our country needs this right now.

    November 20, 2007 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  5. Erp Erpington, Erp EE

    Shouldn't that be "the AGING kitschy pop culture celebrity vote"? Everyone mentioned in this story is way past their prime.

    November 20, 2007 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  6. The Democrat, Phoenix, Arizona

    Two clowns support Huckabee who believes there's an imaginary man in the sky? I'm not surprised.

    November 20, 2007 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  7. Ben G. Appleton, WI


    November 20, 2007 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  8. Sarah, CA

    Ric Flair is still a WWE wrestler. He has not retired.

    November 20, 2007 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  9. dk

    If I were Huckabee I'd be jumping right on this bandwagon. Who better to support you than a steroid using, womanizing, washed up wrestler? I can't believe the man wants to be taken seriously and then likens himself with types like Flair and Nugent..........

    November 20, 2007 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  10. Mike - Mount Vernon NY

    So we've got a professional wrestler co-hosting a legitimate campaign event? Great.

    November 20, 2007 02:59 am at 2:59 am |
  11. Independent in IA

    This..."candidate"(?) totally unreal...I can just imagine who he'd pack his cabinet with should he be elected...Deputy Dawg for Attorney General, Snoopy for Homeland Security,
    and the Chicken Hawk for Secretary of State.

    November 20, 2007 03:08 am at 3:08 am |
  12. One Big Time Political Fan


    To be the man, you gotta beat the man, and ain't nobody gonna beat Hillary this time.

    November 20, 2007 03:18 am at 3:18 am |
  13. brooklyn

    Sorry. No offense. But these aren't quite impressive endorsements.

    November 20, 2007 04:33 am at 4:33 am |
  14. mark wilkes barre pa

    Now, who said an underfunded candidate couldn't pick up a heavyweight endorsement ? ,,,,,,,, liberals,, that was sarcasm

    November 20, 2007 05:42 am at 5:42 am |
  15. Anonymous


    ...hahah, sorry I just had to say that.

    November 20, 2007 05:51 am at 5:51 am |

    Ric Flair, One of the all-time great wrestling entertainer. Back in MS and VA this man was a living GOD to wrestling fans. I'm glad to see he is doing well. His endorsement of Huckabee is a major event. I think Huckabee is going to shock a lot of people with his draw in the early primaries. The man is for real, no pretenses.

    November 20, 2007 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  17. chris sc

    bush bush clinton clinton bush bush clinton? time for someone fresh!

    November 20, 2007 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  18. Jim., Harrisonburg, VA


    November 20, 2007 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  19. Bill, Alabama

    While I probably won't vote for Huckabee, it at least shows that the "common man" like Chuck Norris, Ted Nugent, and Rick Flair are willing to endorse him rather than the "pretty people" who have gotten millions from special interest.

    November 20, 2007 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  20. Tom Mobile, AL

    Don't mess with Huckabee baby... or you'll get a kick to the face, get caught in the cross hairs, or put into an arm bar.

    Violent Men for Christianity

    November 20, 2007 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  21. Mark Norman, Charlotte, NC

    Um,....just in case anyone wants to know,...WWE and WWF are the same thing! He's the former WCW, NWA and current WWE star! Just thought I'd let ya know.

    November 20, 2007 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  22. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    What a hoot. Add all of their IQ's together and it might equal 1 human brain. Is Huckabee really this desperate?

    November 20, 2007 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  23. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    How can we take this guy seriously as a Presidential candidate when he does not believe in evolution and consorts with folks like these? Have we been that dumbed-down as a Nation?

    November 20, 2007 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  24. Rob, Long Island NY

    Wow, the republicans are getting all the A-listers...yawn.

    November 20, 2007 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  25. Rob, Houston TX

    That's too bad. I like Flair.

    November 20, 2007 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
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